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Daily Brief: Friday, Dec. 18th, 2015

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Dec. 18, 2015

Events today

  • 9 a.m. – The Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance meets in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
  • Noon – The Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force will convene a meeting at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. The Health Care Delivery Design and Sustainability Work Group will provide recommendations to the full task force. The meeting will include a preliminary discussion on the full package of recommendations, as well as public comment. This meeting is open to the public.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a media availability inside the Governor’s Residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

Event Saturday

  • 5:30 p.m. – Congressional District 2 for Hilary meeting and debate watch party, 14125 Hwy 13 South Front Rd, Savage.
  • 7 p.m. – ABC will host a debate between the Democratic candidates for president from New Hampshire.

Event Sunday

  • 6 p.m. – Senate District 46 DFL will host Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, to talk about education issues coming up in the next legislative session. Davanni’s Pizza and Hot Hoagies, 663 Winnetka Ave., Golden Valley.


  • Jan. 29 – Congressional District 2 DFL will host A Taste of Mardi Gras. The event takes place from 7 – 11 p.m. at Neisen’s Bar & Grill, 4851 W 123rd St., Savage. Suggested contribution is $40 and tickets can be purchased online at www.dflcd2.com.
  • Feb. 12 – Humphrey-Mondale Dinner featuring Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. St. Paul RiverCentre. Tickets available here.
  • March 12 – Senate District 63 DFL hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5 p.m., location TBD.

2016 election
‘Undocumented Democrats’ is Ted Cruz’s ‘new, politically correct’ term, MPR
Cruz swings through St. Paul, woos conservatives, Star Tribune
Cruz pays visit to Minnesota as part of multi-state swing, KSTP
Sen. Cruz makes Minnesota part of his nomination strategy, WCCO
Cruz visits Minnesota as part of multi-state swing, KARE
In Minnesota, Ted Cruz makes a lot of promises — and promises he can deliver, Pioneer Press
Sanders campaign accesses Clinton data, gets suspended from party voter files, CNN
Donald Trump and the ‘plot against America,’ MinnPost
Some Republicans hope that a loss in Iowa will finish off Trump, Washington Post
Mike Huckabee cuts salaries of senior staff, Politico
GOP candidates offer little of Reagan’s optimism, Star Tribune
To stop Ted Cruz, the Republican establishment is working around the clock to caricature the Texas senator as just another career politician who follows the political winds and not core principles. The strategy, being pursued by several of Cruz’s rivals, is aimed squarely at eroding his perceived authenticity, a core strength that has made him the frontrunner in Iowa.
In this regard, Cruz’s continuing back-and-forth with Marco Rubio over his position on a 2013 Senate bill is about much more than immigration. It’s about whether the Texas senator is just as much a finger-in-the-wind politician as the rest of the pack. Washington Post

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter protesters to rally at Mall of America, MPR
Black Lives Matter plans protest at Mall of America, Star Tribune 

Budget (federal)
House approves $622 billion tax plan, The Hill

Commercial flights to resume from U.S. to Cuba, MPR

Reality Check: The presidential debates, WCCO
Tuesday’s GOP debate separated the serious candidates from the loons, Washington Post

Minnesota jobless rate at 3.5 percent, lowest in nearly 15 years, MPR
Minnesota employers add 7,200 jobs in November, Star Tribune
New career office aimed at helping minorities, Channel 12
Schafer: Fed has taken the first step back to normal, Star Tribune

Education (E-12)
Lawmakers tour Cleveland pre-K, Mankato Free Press
Writing of St. Paul teachers’ fear of violence strikes a chord, Pioneer Press
Suspensions, fights soar in St. Paul high schools in first quarter, Star Tribune

PUC resumes permit process for 2 pipelines but orders environmental review, Pioneer Press

Dayton lays out plan turning 100,000 acres of crops into conservation land, Star Tribune
NOAA projects 2015 will be the warmest year ever recorded. In November, it was 1.9 degrees higher than its “preferred base” from 1951-1980:

2015 Land Ocean Temps
Humphrey-Mondale Dinner
The event is more than half sold out. Get your tickets today!
2015 H-M Speakers
Images of the Day
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) spotted this sitting on a staffer’s desk while doing call time at the DSCC:
Political Star Wars
Bei Bei

Hamline adjunct faculty reach first contract settlement, Workday Minnesota

Unaccompanied children crossing southern border in greater numbers again, raising fears of new migrant crisis, Washington Post
Immigrants Refugees Revitalize
Poll: Clinton leads Sanders by 2-to-1, with wide edge on managing terrorism, Washington Post
Another fresh poll this morning shows very little change in the GOP race after the Las Vegas debate. A Morning Consult survey that was in the field the past two nights puts Trump at 36 percent nationally, to 12 percent for Ben Carson, 11 percent for Cruz, 9 percent for Rubio and 7 percent for Jeb. That’s basically the same as their poll conducted during the three days before the debate. The sample included 2,201 registered Republican and Republican-leaning voters. One-third was conducted through live telephone interviews, one-third by IVR and one-third online.Washington Post

Racial disparities
Metro Transit report shows racial disparities in enforcement, MPR
Metro Transit report reveals racial disparities in enforcement, KARE
Internal review shows major racial disparities in Metro Transit arrest and citation rates, MinnPost

Special session
Still in flux, legislative leaders scope out special session, MPR
Legislative leaders to discuss possible special session with rank-and-file legislators, Star Tribune
No decision made to schedule special MN legislative session, Fargo Forum

Minnesota officials not sold on new federal rail safety law, MPR

In the Know is on break until Jan. 4. Have a wonderful holiday!

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